City Council: Status Quo or Change

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I have been reading a number of letters to the editor in the past few days touting the experience of a given city councilmember. Yesterday in particular, a certain letter touted the three incumbents as having a proven record and being independent thinkers.

We all know there is a certain lady that I am kind of fond in this race. For those unclear, it is the one with the really long last name. But let us forget about this for a second. This is not about her, per se, right now. It is a more general question and a more general issue.

At the end of the day, everyone in this city has to make up their mind about whether they like the status quo on the city council or whether they want change.

And for the sake of argument the other woman, who is of no relation to me, but who shares my last name, and for those who do not know, also happens to be the mayor, she is the minority, she is not part of the status quo here. On the big issues, she and Lamar Heystek have lost each time for the most part.

So here is the question–does the current council majority represent your views on where the city should go. Or do you want change?

It is really that simple. Now you can pick a wide range of topic to evaluate the city council on.

For example, did you support Measure X? If you supported Measure X–i.e. Covell Village in 2005, then Stephen Souza and Don Saylor are probably your candidates on that issue. If you thought that Measure X was too large a development, if you believe that it would impact traffic flows on Covell Blvd., if you were concerned about protection of prime agricultural land, etc., then you might want to consider change on the city council to people who opposed such a large development.

To this date, people like Stephen Souza and Ruth Asmundson have publicly stated that the public just did not understand Measure X. Stephen Souza basically stated that the community did not understand Measure X at the first candidates debate. He said this was the first exercise of Measure J and that a project as big as Covell Village takes longer to explain to the community, that it has to come with its impacts mitigated, and that the affordable housing component has to be explainable to the public. Finally we have to totally be engaged in a process that we are expected to vote on. This is basically the Ruth Asmundson answer rehashed, Souza simply does not understand the opposition to Measure X and argues that the public did not properly understand it rather than take from the lesson that the public is not supportive of huge new develops on the Davis periphery.

Then you have the issue of housing and growth. The one percent growth guideline was supported by the council majority which included Stephen Souza and Don Saylor. Don Saylor has talked about filling our internal housing needs and used that as a justification for the one percent growth guideline. For Stephen Souza that means in addition infill development, we need to look at some new peripheral developments.

On the other hand, Sue Greenwald joined Lamar Heystek opposing the one percent growth guideline. She and others have pointed out that one percent growth sounds small but it amounts to a Mace Ranch level development over a period of three years. Sue Greenwald questions what the housing needs really means and wants to find ways to insure that when we develop we are filling our internal housing needs rather than external ones.

What is clear is the RHNA is not requiring a huge amount of new growth over the next six years, this gives council the discretion to determine its own rate of growth.

At a recent debate the two sides disagreed on this point as well.

Don Saylor argued that RHNA was only part of what we needed. He focused on the internal needs assessment and argued that we need to take a look at our own planning regardless of RHNA requirements.

Sue Greenwald on the other hand suggested that the numbers were not interesting to her. She was concerned that if Davis went beyond the SACOG allotment that this would lead to increased SACOG numbers in the future.

One of the biggest issues facing the council in the next two years will be the fate of Measure J–the iniative that allows the public to vote on zoning changes and peripheral development. Where do the candidates stand on Measure J? This will be a huge debate–will Measure J be rescinded in 2010, will it be altered in 2010, or will it be renwed as written. Sue Greenwald has already come out in support of Measure J in its current form. Cecilia Escamilla-Greenwald in her literature states that she wants to make it permanent in its current forum. I have not heard the position of either Stephen Souza or Don Saylor on this issue. It will be interesting to see where they stand on Measure J which prevented Covell VIllage from being developed.

Sydney Vergis did come out in favor of Measure J in the debate, although she suggested some non-substantive changes. For the sake of clarity, she is most clearly supported and positioned with the council majority. Her treasurer is the daughter of Ruth Asmundson. Her campaign is largely run by Janice Bridge. Bridge was one of the more outspoken proponents of closing Valley Oak Elementary. She was also an ardent Yes on Covell Village supporter, appearing in their literature at the time. Other key yes on Covell luminaries supporting Vergis are Kevin Wolf and John Whitcombe just to name a few. Janice Bridge has been heard around town touting Sydney Vergis as a pro-development candidate.

Rob Roy on the other hand, steadfastly belongs on the progressive or opposition side of the fence. In a comment on the blog he said this about Covell Village:

“I was against Measure X because it wasn’t green enough. The design wasn’t revolutionary. It was just another huge subdivision (that happened to have some solar panels) sprawled out onto farmland. If the land-use design were more revolutionary, like Village Homes, (as a political strategist) I’ll say that maybe it would have passed. The difference between Stephen and I is that he voted for the project that went to the voters and he promoted it as well.”

Thus if your issue is housing and growth there are clear differences between the current council majority and what a majority led by Lamar Heystek, Sue Greenwald, and Cecilia Escamilla-Greenwald might bring.

The growth issue is but one example of the differences between the current council majority, i.e. the status quo, and what a new council majority might bring. At the end of the day, the public has to decide what growth policy best represents them. As the council race continues to progress, we will continue to draw out differences between the two candidates that will allow the public to make a determination as to whether they prefer the status quo or if it is time to change the direction of city council.

DISCLAIMER: Cecilia Escamilla-Greenwald is a candidate for city council. Doug Paul Davis’ real name is David Greenwald. They are married. David Greenwald and Sue Greenwald are not related. Neither is Stephen Souza and Don Saylor.

—Doug Paul Davis reporting

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David Greenwald is the founder, editor, and executive director of the Davis Vanguard. He founded the Vanguard in 2006. David Greenwald moved to Davis in 1996 to attend Graduate School at UC Davis in Political Science. He lives in South Davis with his wife Cecilia Escamilla Greenwald and three children.

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136 thoughts on “City Council: Status Quo or Change”

  1. wdf

    I know that school board members get a rather minimal stipend (maybe ~$250/month?) Do city council members get a salary or stipend? If so, what is it?

    Just curious.

  2. wdf

    I know that school board members get a rather minimal stipend (maybe ~$250/month?) Do city council members get a salary or stipend? If so, what is it?

    Just curious.

  3. wdf

    I know that school board members get a rather minimal stipend (maybe ~$250/month?) Do city council members get a salary or stipend? If so, what is it?

    Just curious.

  4. wdf

    I know that school board members get a rather minimal stipend (maybe ~$250/month?) Do city council members get a salary or stipend? If so, what is it?

    Just curious.

  5. Mike

    Well written summary of the real issue this election. I got into a discussion about why I am fundamentally opposed to growth in Davis recently. I explained that the inherent problems of growth are only part of the issue. The real issue for me is parking downtown. I don’t want any more cars coming into downtown and making parking impossible. riment of downtown merchants.

  6. Mike

    Well written summary of the real issue this election. I got into a discussion about why I am fundamentally opposed to growth in Davis recently. I explained that the inherent problems of growth are only part of the issue. The real issue for me is parking downtown. I don’t want any more cars coming into downtown and making parking impossible. riment of downtown merchants.

  7. Mike

    Well written summary of the real issue this election. I got into a discussion about why I am fundamentally opposed to growth in Davis recently. I explained that the inherent problems of growth are only part of the issue. The real issue for me is parking downtown. I don’t want any more cars coming into downtown and making parking impossible. riment of downtown merchants.

  8. Mike

    Well written summary of the real issue this election. I got into a discussion about why I am fundamentally opposed to growth in Davis recently. I explained that the inherent problems of growth are only part of the issue. The real issue for me is parking downtown. I don’t want any more cars coming into downtown and making parking impossible. riment of downtown merchants.

  9. No on Xer

    Claire St. John’s Enterprise articles on the Covell Village campaign(documented in the Enterprise archives) found the joint-authors, Saylor and Souza ,of a pro-Covell Village Enterprise OP-ED piece,at best,unacceptably ignorant or ,less charitably,trying to deceive the electorate. Steve Souza publicly proclaimed some months ago that if he is reelected to the Council, it will be his last run for elected public office. Everyone knows that Don Saylor has no committed political interest in our local politics as his sights are unwaveringly set on higher elected office and the developer-funded campaign war chest that this requires. If reelected to our Council, neither apparently plan to place themselves before the Davis voters for local office again. Placing the fate of our Measure J in their hands is a decision that each Davis voter needs to take very seriously.

  10. No on Xer

    Claire St. John’s Enterprise articles on the Covell Village campaign(documented in the Enterprise archives) found the joint-authors, Saylor and Souza ,of a pro-Covell Village Enterprise OP-ED piece,at best,unacceptably ignorant or ,less charitably,trying to deceive the electorate. Steve Souza publicly proclaimed some months ago that if he is reelected to the Council, it will be his last run for elected public office. Everyone knows that Don Saylor has no committed political interest in our local politics as his sights are unwaveringly set on higher elected office and the developer-funded campaign war chest that this requires. If reelected to our Council, neither apparently plan to place themselves before the Davis voters for local office again. Placing the fate of our Measure J in their hands is a decision that each Davis voter needs to take very seriously.

  11. No on Xer

    Claire St. John’s Enterprise articles on the Covell Village campaign(documented in the Enterprise archives) found the joint-authors, Saylor and Souza ,of a pro-Covell Village Enterprise OP-ED piece,at best,unacceptably ignorant or ,less charitably,trying to deceive the electorate. Steve Souza publicly proclaimed some months ago that if he is reelected to the Council, it will be his last run for elected public office. Everyone knows that Don Saylor has no committed political interest in our local politics as his sights are unwaveringly set on higher elected office and the developer-funded campaign war chest that this requires. If reelected to our Council, neither apparently plan to place themselves before the Davis voters for local office again. Placing the fate of our Measure J in their hands is a decision that each Davis voter needs to take very seriously.

  12. No on Xer

    Claire St. John’s Enterprise articles on the Covell Village campaign(documented in the Enterprise archives) found the joint-authors, Saylor and Souza ,of a pro-Covell Village Enterprise OP-ED piece,at best,unacceptably ignorant or ,less charitably,trying to deceive the electorate. Steve Souza publicly proclaimed some months ago that if he is reelected to the Council, it will be his last run for elected public office. Everyone knows that Don Saylor has no committed political interest in our local politics as his sights are unwaveringly set on higher elected office and the developer-funded campaign war chest that this requires. If reelected to our Council, neither apparently plan to place themselves before the Davis voters for local office again. Placing the fate of our Measure J in their hands is a decision that each Davis voter needs to take very seriously.

  13. Anonymous

    “Sydney Vergis did come out in favor of Measure J in the debate, although she suggested some non-substantive changes.”

    Did she actually describe these “non-substantive” changes?….. and,of course, “non-substantive” is a highly subjective determination.

  14. Anonymous

    “Sydney Vergis did come out in favor of Measure J in the debate, although she suggested some non-substantive changes.”

    Did she actually describe these “non-substantive” changes?….. and,of course, “non-substantive” is a highly subjective determination.

  15. Anonymous

    “Sydney Vergis did come out in favor of Measure J in the debate, although she suggested some non-substantive changes.”

    Did she actually describe these “non-substantive” changes?….. and,of course, “non-substantive” is a highly subjective determination.

  16. Anonymous

    “Sydney Vergis did come out in favor of Measure J in the debate, although she suggested some non-substantive changes.”

    Did she actually describe these “non-substantive” changes?….. and,of course, “non-substantive” is a highly subjective determination.

  17. measure J musings

    Interesting commentary, particularly around Souza and the public’s level of support and “understanding” of development.

    It seems pretty clear that if the council (or developers or anyone else) wants Davis residents to vote to support major developments they need to do a better job explaining to the residents what the benefits are, if any.

    I would bet that most people vote on these based on what they perceive to be the impact for their own lives. The answers usually appear to be more traffic, more hassles, loss of our pretty vistas and so forth. It’s hard to see much on the plus side. That’s the crux of the issue when it comes to voting on these things.

  18. measure J musings

    Interesting commentary, particularly around Souza and the public’s level of support and “understanding” of development.

    It seems pretty clear that if the council (or developers or anyone else) wants Davis residents to vote to support major developments they need to do a better job explaining to the residents what the benefits are, if any.

    I would bet that most people vote on these based on what they perceive to be the impact for their own lives. The answers usually appear to be more traffic, more hassles, loss of our pretty vistas and so forth. It’s hard to see much on the plus side. That’s the crux of the issue when it comes to voting on these things.

  19. measure J musings

    Interesting commentary, particularly around Souza and the public’s level of support and “understanding” of development.

    It seems pretty clear that if the council (or developers or anyone else) wants Davis residents to vote to support major developments they need to do a better job explaining to the residents what the benefits are, if any.

    I would bet that most people vote on these based on what they perceive to be the impact for their own lives. The answers usually appear to be more traffic, more hassles, loss of our pretty vistas and so forth. It’s hard to see much on the plus side. That’s the crux of the issue when it comes to voting on these things.

  20. measure J musings

    Interesting commentary, particularly around Souza and the public’s level of support and “understanding” of development.

    It seems pretty clear that if the council (or developers or anyone else) wants Davis residents to vote to support major developments they need to do a better job explaining to the residents what the benefits are, if any.

    I would bet that most people vote on these based on what they perceive to be the impact for their own lives. The answers usually appear to be more traffic, more hassles, loss of our pretty vistas and so forth. It’s hard to see much on the plus side. That’s the crux of the issue when it comes to voting on these things.

  21. Doug Paul Davis

    She basically asked people if they’ve ever read the measure, the language is confusing. She said she wanted to clean that up and make some non-substantive changes to it. She was extremely vague and it was a strange answer to begin with, almost all legal documents are written in that kind of language. As a planner one would think she would be familiar with it.

  22. Doug Paul Davis

    She basically asked people if they’ve ever read the measure, the language is confusing. She said she wanted to clean that up and make some non-substantive changes to it. She was extremely vague and it was a strange answer to begin with, almost all legal documents are written in that kind of language. As a planner one would think she would be familiar with it.

  23. Doug Paul Davis

    She basically asked people if they’ve ever read the measure, the language is confusing. She said she wanted to clean that up and make some non-substantive changes to it. She was extremely vague and it was a strange answer to begin with, almost all legal documents are written in that kind of language. As a planner one would think she would be familiar with it.

  24. Doug Paul Davis

    She basically asked people if they’ve ever read the measure, the language is confusing. She said she wanted to clean that up and make some non-substantive changes to it. She was extremely vague and it was a strange answer to begin with, almost all legal documents are written in that kind of language. As a planner one would think she would be familiar with it.

  25. Anonymous

    rob roy is a tool for the “progressives”.

    actually, mike harrington’s puppet.

    at the first “debate” at the Chamber of Commerce, he hemmed and hawed at nearly every question thrown to him, even we they were just softballs…

  26. Anonymous

    rob roy is a tool for the “progressives”.

    actually, mike harrington’s puppet.

    at the first “debate” at the Chamber of Commerce, he hemmed and hawed at nearly every question thrown to him, even we they were just softballs…

  27. Anonymous

    rob roy is a tool for the “progressives”.

    actually, mike harrington’s puppet.

    at the first “debate” at the Chamber of Commerce, he hemmed and hawed at nearly every question thrown to him, even we they were just softballs…

  28. Anonymous

    rob roy is a tool for the “progressives”.

    actually, mike harrington’s puppet.

    at the first “debate” at the Chamber of Commerce, he hemmed and hawed at nearly every question thrown to him, even we they were just softballs…

  29. Lets Be Honest

    As opposed to Syd Vergis being the sock puppet for Don Saylor and Jan Bridge?

    Rob’s no one’s puppet. He may not be polished, but he’s at least sincere.

  30. Lets Be Honest

    As opposed to Syd Vergis being the sock puppet for Don Saylor and Jan Bridge?

    Rob’s no one’s puppet. He may not be polished, but he’s at least sincere.

  31. Lets Be Honest

    As opposed to Syd Vergis being the sock puppet for Don Saylor and Jan Bridge?

    Rob’s no one’s puppet. He may not be polished, but he’s at least sincere.

  32. Lets Be Honest

    As opposed to Syd Vergis being the sock puppet for Don Saylor and Jan Bridge?

    Rob’s no one’s puppet. He may not be polished, but he’s at least sincere.

  33. No on xer

    “He said this was the first exercise of Measure J and that a project as big as Covell Village takes longer to explain to the community, that it has to come with its impacts mitigated, and that the affordable housing component has to be explainable to the public.”

    It was Souza and Saylor ,along with Asmundson, who attempted to get the whole process done in 10 months(usual time to evaluate a development agreement of this size was over 2 years)in order to marginalize citizen involvement. The city staff near-“mutinied” and the process deadline was extended a few more months.

  34. No on xer

    “He said this was the first exercise of Measure J and that a project as big as Covell Village takes longer to explain to the community, that it has to come with its impacts mitigated, and that the affordable housing component has to be explainable to the public.”

    It was Souza and Saylor ,along with Asmundson, who attempted to get the whole process done in 10 months(usual time to evaluate a development agreement of this size was over 2 years)in order to marginalize citizen involvement. The city staff near-“mutinied” and the process deadline was extended a few more months.

  35. No on xer

    “He said this was the first exercise of Measure J and that a project as big as Covell Village takes longer to explain to the community, that it has to come with its impacts mitigated, and that the affordable housing component has to be explainable to the public.”

    It was Souza and Saylor ,along with Asmundson, who attempted to get the whole process done in 10 months(usual time to evaluate a development agreement of this size was over 2 years)in order to marginalize citizen involvement. The city staff near-“mutinied” and the process deadline was extended a few more months.

  36. No on xer

    “He said this was the first exercise of Measure J and that a project as big as Covell Village takes longer to explain to the community, that it has to come with its impacts mitigated, and that the affordable housing component has to be explainable to the public.”

    It was Souza and Saylor ,along with Asmundson, who attempted to get the whole process done in 10 months(usual time to evaluate a development agreement of this size was over 2 years)in order to marginalize citizen involvement. The city staff near-“mutinied” and the process deadline was extended a few more months.

  37. being honest

    no doubt, sydney vergis is a “sock puppet” for saylor and bridge….and she seems as sincere as they come.

    how about getting involved in the community/city process before trying to run it?

    and i don’t mean handing out free ice cream cones during ben and jerrys free cone day.

  38. being honest

    no doubt, sydney vergis is a “sock puppet” for saylor and bridge….and she seems as sincere as they come.

    how about getting involved in the community/city process before trying to run it?

    and i don’t mean handing out free ice cream cones during ben and jerrys free cone day.

  39. being honest

    no doubt, sydney vergis is a “sock puppet” for saylor and bridge….and she seems as sincere as they come.

    how about getting involved in the community/city process before trying to run it?

    and i don’t mean handing out free ice cream cones during ben and jerrys free cone day.

  40. being honest

    no doubt, sydney vergis is a “sock puppet” for saylor and bridge….and she seems as sincere as they come.

    how about getting involved in the community/city process before trying to run it?

    and i don’t mean handing out free ice cream cones during ben and jerrys free cone day.

  41. Excuse Me?

    Which leads to another point–who is Syd Vergis? The extent of her involvement is a bit questionable given her lack of voting history in Davis, yes she has served on a commission, but no one had ever heard of her before the article in the Enterprise came out last fall. She did not register to vote in Davis until October of 2007 according to the election files. The next month she was in the paper claiming she was running for city council. And you are going to criticize Rob?

  42. Excuse Me?

    Which leads to another point–who is Syd Vergis? The extent of her involvement is a bit questionable given her lack of voting history in Davis, yes she has served on a commission, but no one had ever heard of her before the article in the Enterprise came out last fall. She did not register to vote in Davis until October of 2007 according to the election files. The next month she was in the paper claiming she was running for city council. And you are going to criticize Rob?

  43. Excuse Me?

    Which leads to another point–who is Syd Vergis? The extent of her involvement is a bit questionable given her lack of voting history in Davis, yes she has served on a commission, but no one had ever heard of her before the article in the Enterprise came out last fall. She did not register to vote in Davis until October of 2007 according to the election files. The next month she was in the paper claiming she was running for city council. And you are going to criticize Rob?

  44. Excuse Me?

    Which leads to another point–who is Syd Vergis? The extent of her involvement is a bit questionable given her lack of voting history in Davis, yes she has served on a commission, but no one had ever heard of her before the article in the Enterprise came out last fall. She did not register to vote in Davis until October of 2007 according to the election files. The next month she was in the paper claiming she was running for city council. And you are going to criticize Rob?

  45. SODAite

    Don Saylor is definitely aiming for the mayor slot……he has been running and ‘having coffee’ all over town for months…now it looks like we will be reading letter after letter to the editor supporting him…..I do not want to be unfair to him, but do not intend to vote for him for many reasons, not the least of which is having two more years of Ruth….. I fear he will be successful without some strong support for an opposition block of candidates.

  46. SODAite

    Don Saylor is definitely aiming for the mayor slot……he has been running and ‘having coffee’ all over town for months…now it looks like we will be reading letter after letter to the editor supporting him…..I do not want to be unfair to him, but do not intend to vote for him for many reasons, not the least of which is having two more years of Ruth….. I fear he will be successful without some strong support for an opposition block of candidates.

  47. SODAite

    Don Saylor is definitely aiming for the mayor slot……he has been running and ‘having coffee’ all over town for months…now it looks like we will be reading letter after letter to the editor supporting him…..I do not want to be unfair to him, but do not intend to vote for him for many reasons, not the least of which is having two more years of Ruth….. I fear he will be successful without some strong support for an opposition block of candidates.

  48. SODAite

    Don Saylor is definitely aiming for the mayor slot……he has been running and ‘having coffee’ all over town for months…now it looks like we will be reading letter after letter to the editor supporting him…..I do not want to be unfair to him, but do not intend to vote for him for many reasons, not the least of which is having two more years of Ruth….. I fear he will be successful without some strong support for an opposition block of candidates.

  49. rob roy supporter

    Rob “hemmed and hawed” at the Chamber’s questions? Oh no!

    I guess Rob could have researched the nuanced positions of the chamber, written answers that a$$-kissed the chamber, practiced those answers and given them an interview.

    But Rob is a genuine guy who gives his genuine answer. He tells you where he stands and he means it.

  50. rob roy supporter

    Rob “hemmed and hawed” at the Chamber’s questions? Oh no!

    I guess Rob could have researched the nuanced positions of the chamber, written answers that a$$-kissed the chamber, practiced those answers and given them an interview.

    But Rob is a genuine guy who gives his genuine answer. He tells you where he stands and he means it.

  51. rob roy supporter

    Rob “hemmed and hawed” at the Chamber’s questions? Oh no!

    I guess Rob could have researched the nuanced positions of the chamber, written answers that a$$-kissed the chamber, practiced those answers and given them an interview.

    But Rob is a genuine guy who gives his genuine answer. He tells you where he stands and he means it.

  52. rob roy supporter

    Rob “hemmed and hawed” at the Chamber’s questions? Oh no!

    I guess Rob could have researched the nuanced positions of the chamber, written answers that a$$-kissed the chamber, practiced those answers and given them an interview.

    But Rob is a genuine guy who gives his genuine answer. He tells you where he stands and he means it.

  53. Robin

    DPD — This is the major issue in the campaign, as far as I am concerned, but it may not be for everyone. It would be very helpful to the public (especially folks who are newer to Davis or who have not paid a lot of attention in the past) to see a separate write-up on each candidate, including each one’s public service background and any related experience/qualifications; a listing of positions they have taken on different issues either via voting or via statements they have made; any indications they have given as to future political aspirations; and any notable sources of funding/campaign donations (i.e., special interests).

  54. Robin

    DPD — This is the major issue in the campaign, as far as I am concerned, but it may not be for everyone. It would be very helpful to the public (especially folks who are newer to Davis or who have not paid a lot of attention in the past) to see a separate write-up on each candidate, including each one’s public service background and any related experience/qualifications; a listing of positions they have taken on different issues either via voting or via statements they have made; any indications they have given as to future political aspirations; and any notable sources of funding/campaign donations (i.e., special interests).

  55. Robin

    DPD — This is the major issue in the campaign, as far as I am concerned, but it may not be for everyone. It would be very helpful to the public (especially folks who are newer to Davis or who have not paid a lot of attention in the past) to see a separate write-up on each candidate, including each one’s public service background and any related experience/qualifications; a listing of positions they have taken on different issues either via voting or via statements they have made; any indications they have given as to future political aspirations; and any notable sources of funding/campaign donations (i.e., special interests).

  56. Robin

    DPD — This is the major issue in the campaign, as far as I am concerned, but it may not be for everyone. It would be very helpful to the public (especially folks who are newer to Davis or who have not paid a lot of attention in the past) to see a separate write-up on each candidate, including each one’s public service background and any related experience/qualifications; a listing of positions they have taken on different issues either via voting or via statements they have made; any indications they have given as to future political aspirations; and any notable sources of funding/campaign donations (i.e., special interests).

  57. Curious

    “The extent of her involvement is a bit questionable given her lack of voting history in Davis, yes she has served on a commission,…”

    A quick perusal of the internet revealed that Vergis was an ALTERNATE on the TREE COMMISSION..is this the extent of her political participation in Davis?

  58. Curious

    “The extent of her involvement is a bit questionable given her lack of voting history in Davis, yes she has served on a commission,…”

    A quick perusal of the internet revealed that Vergis was an ALTERNATE on the TREE COMMISSION..is this the extent of her political participation in Davis?

  59. Curious

    “The extent of her involvement is a bit questionable given her lack of voting history in Davis, yes she has served on a commission,…”

    A quick perusal of the internet revealed that Vergis was an ALTERNATE on the TREE COMMISSION..is this the extent of her political participation in Davis?

  60. Curious

    “The extent of her involvement is a bit questionable given her lack of voting history in Davis, yes she has served on a commission,…”

    A quick perusal of the internet revealed that Vergis was an ALTERNATE on the TREE COMMISSION..is this the extent of her political participation in Davis?

  61. Old Timer

    Syd Vergis is the “spoiler” that the Saylor developer-backed political faction puts up to draw off UCD student votes to a losing candidate. It is not surprising that her treasurer is Ruth Asmundson’s daughter. Saylor and Asmundson have been “attached at the hip” since their School Board days..

  62. Old Timer

    Syd Vergis is the “spoiler” that the Saylor developer-backed political faction puts up to draw off UCD student votes to a losing candidate. It is not surprising that her treasurer is Ruth Asmundson’s daughter. Saylor and Asmundson have been “attached at the hip” since their School Board days..

  63. Old Timer

    Syd Vergis is the “spoiler” that the Saylor developer-backed political faction puts up to draw off UCD student votes to a losing candidate. It is not surprising that her treasurer is Ruth Asmundson’s daughter. Saylor and Asmundson have been “attached at the hip” since their School Board days..

  64. Old Timer

    Syd Vergis is the “spoiler” that the Saylor developer-backed political faction puts up to draw off UCD student votes to a losing candidate. It is not surprising that her treasurer is Ruth Asmundson’s daughter. Saylor and Asmundson have been “attached at the hip” since their School Board days..

  65. Rob Roy

    Let me just say that I am no one’s puppet. I run for council because I have high hopes for Davis and want to provide an option for like-minded citizens to have someone to vote for. If it was anyone that talked me into running it was local environmental activist, Mike Siminitus. While I am on the Progressive side of the fence, because I am a tenant’s right supporter and an opponent to sprawl onto agricultural land, I think for myself and take my cues from my moral compass and the information that is before me on an issue. If I was the puppet of monied interests wouldn’t you think that I would be rolling in campaign dough like some of the candidates? While both Don Saylor and I have been known to darken the door of the UU church in West Davis we certainly disagree on the big issues of the town so I would appreciate it if the baseless attempts to connect him with my candidacy stop.

    And yes, I am endorsed by my friend Mike Harrington as well as several other progressives, but I serve as a candidate that really cares about students, renters, eco-conscious citizens, home-owners that don’t want to live in Anywhere, USA, as well as anyone that wants Davis to continue to serve as a beacon of progressivism. Sure, I may ‘hee and haw’ and not be polished like a career politician but I have served the campus community as an elected representative so I am not going into this fight without a history. I think everyone in this race has a right to be in it and they all have their own ideals and qualifications. It is up to the voters to decide. I may be an ice cream man by trade but people vote for candidates based on the principles the candidates aim to uphold and not for what reads on their W-2 statement. I am going to continue to be myself, however rough around the edges that I may be, but I would rather lose with righteousness than win by deceit.

  66. Rob Roy

    Let me just say that I am no one’s puppet. I run for council because I have high hopes for Davis and want to provide an option for like-minded citizens to have someone to vote for. If it was anyone that talked me into running it was local environmental activist, Mike Siminitus. While I am on the Progressive side of the fence, because I am a tenant’s right supporter and an opponent to sprawl onto agricultural land, I think for myself and take my cues from my moral compass and the information that is before me on an issue. If I was the puppet of monied interests wouldn’t you think that I would be rolling in campaign dough like some of the candidates? While both Don Saylor and I have been known to darken the door of the UU church in West Davis we certainly disagree on the big issues of the town so I would appreciate it if the baseless attempts to connect him with my candidacy stop.

    And yes, I am endorsed by my friend Mike Harrington as well as several other progressives, but I serve as a candidate that really cares about students, renters, eco-conscious citizens, home-owners that don’t want to live in Anywhere, USA, as well as anyone that wants Davis to continue to serve as a beacon of progressivism. Sure, I may ‘hee and haw’ and not be polished like a career politician but I have served the campus community as an elected representative so I am not going into this fight without a history. I think everyone in this race has a right to be in it and they all have their own ideals and qualifications. It is up to the voters to decide. I may be an ice cream man by trade but people vote for candidates based on the principles the candidates aim to uphold and not for what reads on their W-2 statement. I am going to continue to be myself, however rough around the edges that I may be, but I would rather lose with righteousness than win by deceit.

  67. Rob Roy

    Let me just say that I am no one’s puppet. I run for council because I have high hopes for Davis and want to provide an option for like-minded citizens to have someone to vote for. If it was anyone that talked me into running it was local environmental activist, Mike Siminitus. While I am on the Progressive side of the fence, because I am a tenant’s right supporter and an opponent to sprawl onto agricultural land, I think for myself and take my cues from my moral compass and the information that is before me on an issue. If I was the puppet of monied interests wouldn’t you think that I would be rolling in campaign dough like some of the candidates? While both Don Saylor and I have been known to darken the door of the UU church in West Davis we certainly disagree on the big issues of the town so I would appreciate it if the baseless attempts to connect him with my candidacy stop.

    And yes, I am endorsed by my friend Mike Harrington as well as several other progressives, but I serve as a candidate that really cares about students, renters, eco-conscious citizens, home-owners that don’t want to live in Anywhere, USA, as well as anyone that wants Davis to continue to serve as a beacon of progressivism. Sure, I may ‘hee and haw’ and not be polished like a career politician but I have served the campus community as an elected representative so I am not going into this fight without a history. I think everyone in this race has a right to be in it and they all have their own ideals and qualifications. It is up to the voters to decide. I may be an ice cream man by trade but people vote for candidates based on the principles the candidates aim to uphold and not for what reads on their W-2 statement. I am going to continue to be myself, however rough around the edges that I may be, but I would rather lose with righteousness than win by deceit.

  68. Rob Roy

    Let me just say that I am no one’s puppet. I run for council because I have high hopes for Davis and want to provide an option for like-minded citizens to have someone to vote for. If it was anyone that talked me into running it was local environmental activist, Mike Siminitus. While I am on the Progressive side of the fence, because I am a tenant’s right supporter and an opponent to sprawl onto agricultural land, I think for myself and take my cues from my moral compass and the information that is before me on an issue. If I was the puppet of monied interests wouldn’t you think that I would be rolling in campaign dough like some of the candidates? While both Don Saylor and I have been known to darken the door of the UU church in West Davis we certainly disagree on the big issues of the town so I would appreciate it if the baseless attempts to connect him with my candidacy stop.

    And yes, I am endorsed by my friend Mike Harrington as well as several other progressives, but I serve as a candidate that really cares about students, renters, eco-conscious citizens, home-owners that don’t want to live in Anywhere, USA, as well as anyone that wants Davis to continue to serve as a beacon of progressivism. Sure, I may ‘hee and haw’ and not be polished like a career politician but I have served the campus community as an elected representative so I am not going into this fight without a history. I think everyone in this race has a right to be in it and they all have their own ideals and qualifications. It is up to the voters to decide. I may be an ice cream man by trade but people vote for candidates based on the principles the candidates aim to uphold and not for what reads on their W-2 statement. I am going to continue to be myself, however rough around the edges that I may be, but I would rather lose with righteousness than win by deceit.

  69. davisite

    “It was Souza and Saylor ,along with Asmundson, who attempted to get the whole process done in 10 months”…

    …add Ted Puntillo to this Council majority attempt to ram the Covell Village project through. SUE GREENWALD,current candidate for reelection, tried to stem the tide of their “steamroller” plan, and was repeatedly voted down 4-1 She never quit trying….Thanks Sue!!

  70. davisite

    “It was Souza and Saylor ,along with Asmundson, who attempted to get the whole process done in 10 months”…

    …add Ted Puntillo to this Council majority attempt to ram the Covell Village project through. SUE GREENWALD,current candidate for reelection, tried to stem the tide of their “steamroller” plan, and was repeatedly voted down 4-1 She never quit trying….Thanks Sue!!

  71. davisite

    “It was Souza and Saylor ,along with Asmundson, who attempted to get the whole process done in 10 months”…

    …add Ted Puntillo to this Council majority attempt to ram the Covell Village project through. SUE GREENWALD,current candidate for reelection, tried to stem the tide of their “steamroller” plan, and was repeatedly voted down 4-1 She never quit trying….Thanks Sue!!

  72. davisite

    “It was Souza and Saylor ,along with Asmundson, who attempted to get the whole process done in 10 months”…

    …add Ted Puntillo to this Council majority attempt to ram the Covell Village project through. SUE GREENWALD,current candidate for reelection, tried to stem the tide of their “steamroller” plan, and was repeatedly voted down 4-1 She never quit trying….Thanks Sue!!

  73. Davis Republican

    I’m just waiting for an anti-development, anti-tax, anti-living wage candidate to come forward…but perhaps I’m the only, lonely one!

  74. Davis Republican

    I’m just waiting for an anti-development, anti-tax, anti-living wage candidate to come forward…but perhaps I’m the only, lonely one!

  75. Davis Republican

    I’m just waiting for an anti-development, anti-tax, anti-living wage candidate to come forward…but perhaps I’m the only, lonely one!

  76. Davis Republican

    I’m just waiting for an anti-development, anti-tax, anti-living wage candidate to come forward…but perhaps I’m the only, lonely one!

  77. Dont Insult Us

    For a city council member to state the voter doesn’t “understand” Measure X, that it needed to be better explained, is the height of arrogance. It is the city council that does not understand what the citizens want.

    Most Davisites want to make sure the city can pay for services before building new houses. More houses means more services will be needed, adding to the cities expenses. The city is already headed for a fiscal crisis – because the chief financial officer refuses to add in the city employees health benefits and pensions into the city budget on the debit side. How dumb does the chief budget officer think we are?

    We are told there will be a balanced budget – if we don’t take into account the money the city will owe for pensions and health benefits. Good golly! What are these city staffers thinking!

    Considerations of added cars which pollute, preservation of ag land, urban sprawl are most likely secondary to the costs the city will incur if there is any more new housing built. With huge increases in sewer and water fees coming down the line, along with new taxes (e.g. public safety tax, new school parcel tax, library tax, etc.) anticipated, how is John Q. Taxpayer going to afford all this?

    The bottom line is the bottom line. Sometimes the city council seems to forget that…

  78. Dont Insult Us

    For a city council member to state the voter doesn’t “understand” Measure X, that it needed to be better explained, is the height of arrogance. It is the city council that does not understand what the citizens want.

    Most Davisites want to make sure the city can pay for services before building new houses. More houses means more services will be needed, adding to the cities expenses. The city is already headed for a fiscal crisis – because the chief financial officer refuses to add in the city employees health benefits and pensions into the city budget on the debit side. How dumb does the chief budget officer think we are?

    We are told there will be a balanced budget – if we don’t take into account the money the city will owe for pensions and health benefits. Good golly! What are these city staffers thinking!

    Considerations of added cars which pollute, preservation of ag land, urban sprawl are most likely secondary to the costs the city will incur if there is any more new housing built. With huge increases in sewer and water fees coming down the line, along with new taxes (e.g. public safety tax, new school parcel tax, library tax, etc.) anticipated, how is John Q. Taxpayer going to afford all this?

    The bottom line is the bottom line. Sometimes the city council seems to forget that…

  79. Dont Insult Us

    For a city council member to state the voter doesn’t “understand” Measure X, that it needed to be better explained, is the height of arrogance. It is the city council that does not understand what the citizens want.

    Most Davisites want to make sure the city can pay for services before building new houses. More houses means more services will be needed, adding to the cities expenses. The city is already headed for a fiscal crisis – because the chief financial officer refuses to add in the city employees health benefits and pensions into the city budget on the debit side. How dumb does the chief budget officer think we are?

    We are told there will be a balanced budget – if we don’t take into account the money the city will owe for pensions and health benefits. Good golly! What are these city staffers thinking!

    Considerations of added cars which pollute, preservation of ag land, urban sprawl are most likely secondary to the costs the city will incur if there is any more new housing built. With huge increases in sewer and water fees coming down the line, along with new taxes (e.g. public safety tax, new school parcel tax, library tax, etc.) anticipated, how is John Q. Taxpayer going to afford all this?

    The bottom line is the bottom line. Sometimes the city council seems to forget that…

  80. Dont Insult Us

    For a city council member to state the voter doesn’t “understand” Measure X, that it needed to be better explained, is the height of arrogance. It is the city council that does not understand what the citizens want.

    Most Davisites want to make sure the city can pay for services before building new houses. More houses means more services will be needed, adding to the cities expenses. The city is already headed for a fiscal crisis – because the chief financial officer refuses to add in the city employees health benefits and pensions into the city budget on the debit side. How dumb does the chief budget officer think we are?

    We are told there will be a balanced budget – if we don’t take into account the money the city will owe for pensions and health benefits. Good golly! What are these city staffers thinking!

    Considerations of added cars which pollute, preservation of ag land, urban sprawl are most likely secondary to the costs the city will incur if there is any more new housing built. With huge increases in sewer and water fees coming down the line, along with new taxes (e.g. public safety tax, new school parcel tax, library tax, etc.) anticipated, how is John Q. Taxpayer going to afford all this?

    The bottom line is the bottom line. Sometimes the city council seems to forget that…

  81. Anonymous

    Well, so much for ability to cover the election with anything even remotely resembling “fairness” or even “balance.” “Even handedness” is out of the question now. “Impartial” won’t work. “Objective?” Ouch! I’m afraid you’ve pretty much staked out your position with this piece. It’s your right and it’s your blog. You can do what you want but you cannot claim that your coverage is anything now but self-serving.

  82. Anonymous

    Well, so much for ability to cover the election with anything even remotely resembling “fairness” or even “balance.” “Even handedness” is out of the question now. “Impartial” won’t work. “Objective?” Ouch! I’m afraid you’ve pretty much staked out your position with this piece. It’s your right and it’s your blog. You can do what you want but you cannot claim that your coverage is anything now but self-serving.

  83. Anonymous

    Well, so much for ability to cover the election with anything even remotely resembling “fairness” or even “balance.” “Even handedness” is out of the question now. “Impartial” won’t work. “Objective?” Ouch! I’m afraid you’ve pretty much staked out your position with this piece. It’s your right and it’s your blog. You can do what you want but you cannot claim that your coverage is anything now but self-serving.

  84. Anonymous

    Well, so much for ability to cover the election with anything even remotely resembling “fairness” or even “balance.” “Even handedness” is out of the question now. “Impartial” won’t work. “Objective?” Ouch! I’m afraid you’ve pretty much staked out your position with this piece. It’s your right and it’s your blog. You can do what you want but you cannot claim that your coverage is anything now but self-serving.

  85. Anonymous

    Rob Roy;
    You do need to defend yourself here or dpd will make up or suggest something that is not quite correct. Why? Because his wife is running against you.

  86. Anonymous

    Rob Roy;
    You do need to defend yourself here or dpd will make up or suggest something that is not quite correct. Why? Because his wife is running against you.

  87. Anonymous

    Rob Roy;
    You do need to defend yourself here or dpd will make up or suggest something that is not quite correct. Why? Because his wife is running against you.

  88. Anonymous

    Rob Roy;
    You do need to defend yourself here or dpd will make up or suggest something that is not quite correct. Why? Because his wife is running against you.

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